Category: ‘Parents’ Association’

Halloween 2018

November 6, 2018

HSCL Pumpkin Carving —Thanks to the parents who helped our 4th class have a great Halloween art activity– Mile buiochas to Ms Treacy for organising and Mercy Primary for having the boys over! Great to see so many parents turn up to lend a hand.

Fire safety at Halloween .5th and 6th classes got an information chat about bonfire and firework safety at Halloween from our community Garda Grace Heffernan. It was an excellent talk with many questions from the boys. There were some hard photos of injuries that can occur from fireworks and bonfires so we ask all our boys to stay safe this HALLOWEEN

The parents association are holding a HALLOWEEN DISCO in the Marian Hall on Thursday 1st November . 7.00-8.30pm This is a fundraiser with Mercy Primary so please come along and support. €5 / €15 family

PA sponsored walk / cycle 2018

May 21, 2018

Sincere thanks to all involved for your support with the sponsored walk / cycle this year. Classes 2nd—6th went to Lough Boora for a walk or cycle and the boys all had a great day of exercise fun and adventure. Junior Classes JI-1st went to Birr Castle and got to play in the playground which was a great treat. Thanks from the school to PA officers and committee for organising and in particular to Keith and Rose Harte for their work with getting 50 + bikes out and back to Lough Boora
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December 2018

January 29, 2018

Christmas 2017– We were delighted to welcome Santa to the school again this year thanks to our parents association. This year he arrived on a massive tractor and the place went wild! The Irish Independent picked up the facebook post and video and posted onto which was great for the boys to see their school on national media.

The last week of term was filled with concerts and Christmas nativity plays which were well attended by parents and families.

The always successful Christmas Draw was held then with all details of winners posted onto PA facebook page.( Pictured are some our PA members with prizewinners) All proceeds from this will this year be spent on our school garden as we are planning a project to install more play equipment and a basket swing. More details and photos to follow in 2018 and thanks to all who supported the draw.1 2 3 4 5 5th class nativity 6 7 8 9 carol singing at lights carols FullSizeRender IMG_0743 IMG_0747 IMG_0772 IMG_0774 IMG_0776 IMG_0778 IMG_0783 train boys

Dec 17- Christmas shows

December 18, 2017

Christmas 2017 @ St Brendan’s PS

It’s a busy time with all classes celebrating the season in their own way. Some classes are doing plays and concerts this week. The following is a list so that parents/ families can make plans if they wish to attend. Please note that any photos videos taken should be of your child for your own personal use. Thank you for your support with this.

Monday 18th Dec              11.15-12.30         Confessions for boys 3rd -6th for Christmas

Tuesday 19th Dec:             11.30am               Junior Infants / Senior Infants    songs / play

Wednesday 20th Dec       12.00pm               PA Christmas Draw in hall

Thursday 21st Dec           10.00am               6th class visit Christmas market in Community school ( Full Uniform)

11.05am               1st Class Christmas songs

11.20am               2nd class Christmas songs

11.35am               5th class Christmas Play

12.15pm               Birr U21 Hurlers bringing their cup to school – Past pupils

1.20pm                 Junior Infants/Senior Infants songs/play (for anyone who missed 1st show)

1.30pm                 6th class- Carol singing in Sandymount – home after if note

Friday 22nd Dec                  12.30pm               School Holidays ( Final advent assembly in school)

No school lunches today so all boys asked to bring a snack

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School Calendar 2017-2018

September 22, 2017

St.Brendan’s PS                   School Calendar 2017/ 2018


School reopens                                                                           Thursday  31st August 2017

Mid Term Break                                      Closing                      Friday 27th   October 2017

Re-opening               Monday 6th    November 2017


Christmas Holidays                               Closing                        Friday  22nd December 2017                                                                                                                                                                            Re-opening                 Monday 8th January 2018


Mid Term Break                                    Closed                         Thursday 15th  February 2018

Closed                         Friday 16th February 2018


St. Patricks day                                     Closed                         Monday 19th March

* Easter Holidays                                  Closing                       Friday 23rd March  2018

Re-opening                Monday 9th  April 2018


May Bank Holiday weekend                  Closed                         Monday  7th   May 2018

Closed                         Tuesday  8th    May 2018


June Bank Holiday weekend                 Closed                         Friday 1st   June 2018

Closed                         Monday 4th   June 2018

Closed                         Tuesday 5th  June 2018


Summer Holidays                                   Closing                                    Thursday 28th  June 2018


* The Department of Education and skills has informed all schools that they may stay open for up to 3 days (During Easter Holidays) to make up for any time lost due to unforeseen closures if these occur during the school year 2016/2017. Eg: Weather


Kind regards,


Niall Crofton (Principal)

Raising 5th Green Flag- 2017

July 20, 2017

We raised the Green flag for Bio-diversity at the end of June also. The committee spoke about all the work that had been carried out by pupils and teachers. The flag was raised by Mrs Lonergan and then all the boys got to get some ice-cream from the van. Thanks to our fantastic Parents Association for sponsoring the ice- creams which were very popular on the day!

School reopens for pupils on Thursday 31st August and we wish pupils and families a happy and safe summer.








May 17-cyberbullying and internet safety talk for parents

April 28, 2017

26th April 2017

Dear Parents


As part of our ongoing Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) programme in our schools, we have invited Mrs. Marion Flanagan to address you and the pupils in 5th class on the topic of ‘Bullying/Cyber-Bullying: Interventions & Prevention’.
These final years in Primary school are a crucial time in your child’s emotional and personal development. They are developing their own personalities and require support and guidance to enhance their personal self-esteem and confidence. They need to be aware of the consequences of exclusion and the importance of acceptance of difference. Marion will address difficult parenting issues, the sometimes negative influence of social media and the importance of encouraging independent and critical thinking.
The presentation will discuss the area of Cyber-bullying and Internet Safety as well as the traditional means of bullying which are still rampant and how parents can support the school to intervene and prevent such behaviours.
We have chosen 5th class to take part in this evening as we feel the lessons to be learned from this presentation need to involve our senior pupils. We are giving them the ownership of the lessons to be learned from Marion’s talk. We are requesting that each child and a parent/guardian are in attendance on the evening which will include a questionnaire for pupils, a power-point presentation and some relevant handouts.
VENUE: St. Brendan’s Boys School – Hall
Date: Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Time: 7pm
Tea/Coffee and refreshments will be served on the night.
Please fill out the information on the attached sheet and return it with your son to school tomorrow.
Kind regards,
Richelle Treacy H.S.C.L.

January 2016- New computer room

January 13, 2017

We are delighted to have our newly upgraded and decorated computer room officially opened. Huge thanks to Ian Murray for all his work in setting up the 20 desktops and flatscreens and getting it up and running with network and WIFI. Pictured are some pupils accepting cheque from PA Chairperson Caroline Boyd and PA Treasurer Lucy Franks. To our Parents Association who raised the money and all who support them last year we say a massive thank you– To the boys we say ; use carefully respect technology, be aware of its advantages and dangers and enjoy many years of learning !100_8492



2016 Christmas draw and santa visit

January 13, 2017

Santa Visit: With the help of our Parents’ Association Santa visited St. Brendan’s. He arrived this year in his sleigh. He visited and had a cool selection box in his bag for all the classes.

Parents’ Association Christmas Draw
Our hard working Parents’ Association organised their Christmas Draw again this year in support of our school activities. With wonderful prizes on offer all tickets were sold . Draw took place on Tuesday 20th December with Mr Tommy Shaw ( Superhero!) pulling out the winning ticket. The 1st prize of a PS4 went to our very own Noah Lynskey from 2nd class—Congrats Noah !We would like to thank all the sponsors, organisers and supporters of this great initiative. It is always one of the highlights of the school year.

Full list of sponsors ( over 50 prizes) and winners can be viewed on PA facebook site






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Christmas 2016

January 13, 2017

Christmas was a busy time for all classes with many Christmas Shows:
Juniors Infants performed a lovely Christmas play called “ A Miracle in Town”,First class presented “ A present for the baby”,3rd class performed “ It’s a baby”
4th class entertained all with play “ The magical Christmas Jigsaw” and last but not least-5th class presented a modern take on nativity with “ The 3 wise dudes”
Thanks to all staff involved for their creativity and hard work involved. All the boys enjoyed dressing up and performing cheered on by family and friends all week.

Advent Ceremonies ; In preparation for Christmas we held our Advent Ceremonies in the gym. The boys from 3rd / 2nd and 6th classes read the prayers sang the carols and lit the candles on the Advent Wreath. We also got to sing the 12 days.
School Crib: Many classes visited our school Crib and relived the Christmas story with their teachers and friends.

100_8504A highlight of the year for our older boys is when Sixth class visit the Community Care Nursing Unit and they sang Christmas Carols for the residents. 6th class with help from some of 2nd class also sang Christmas Carols as part of the Birr Christmas Lights ceremony. Thanks to Ms. Yvonne Ryan and Mr Kelly for providing the fab music on guitars.